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External World
Mental World
Social World
Connected Category
Metaphorical connection
Highlighted metaphorical connection

The selected metaphor data displayed through the interactive visualisation interface, with options to download the visualisation images

The selected metaphor data displayed in a table, with options to download the data

The selected metaphorical connections displayed as individual metaphor cards

The selected metaphorical connections viewed by date of metaphor inception

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  • This circle represents all of knowledge in English: every word in every sense in the English language for over a millennium.
  • The connections show metaphorical links in language and thought between different areas of meaning.
  • Click on category names to highlight the connections from that category then click on individual yellow lines to get more detail about each connection.
  • To open up the categories further, use the controls in the green box (particularly ‘show x categories’ on the home screen and the ‘centre on’ controls at more detailed levels).
  • The Metaphor Map is a work in progress. All categories have links but not all categories have example words/dates yet. To view a list of categories which have had full date and word information added, please see this page Hide

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